TIMING/LENGTH (IN MINUTES): 15’
In this activity you will learn about circular economy and some examples of companies based on it.
A circular economy (often referred to simply as “circularity”) is an economic system aimed at eliminating waste and the continual use of resources. Circular systems employ reuse, sharing, repair, refurbishment, remanufacturing and recycling to create a close-loop system, minimising the use of resource inputs and the creation of waste, pollution and carbon emissions On the other hand, the Circular Economy is a model of production and consumption that implies that consumption is based on reuse, trying to rent, share, repair, renew… different materials and products as often as possible, trying to generate less impact on the environment by the excessive use of things that wear out or that we consider to be wearing out.
Watch this video to better understand what is Circular Economy, by the Ellen McArthur foundation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCRKvDyyHmI (3’48 minutes).
Both the social economy and the circular economy are two aspects that are intertwined and that, one of the objectives that they have is to generate a social good that goes beyond conventionalism. For this reason, the mission of feminism is often promoted and made visible within the social economy and the circular economy, as a way of being able to take greater account of women as motors of social change and as priority anchors within the global economy, recognising the work that they do that is often not valued, is done in an unpaid manner or is paid in black or underpaid. That is why it is common to hear Feminist Economics talk about being concerned with showing the inequality in the dimensions of the economy depending on gender.
If you want to have more information, you can watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URLP6a6a_wA&feature=youtu.be
To end with this activity, answer the following question: For you what is the connection between gender, social enterprises and economic development?